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India tailor-made holidays

India travel bristles with an air of the exotic, thanks to the billion people of varying ethnic groups who create an intoxicating cultural cocktail that can be dicovered on our India holidays. The country's in-your-face diversity can be found among snow-capped mountains and sun-kissed beaches, tranquil temples and dusty villages. From grand vestiges of the Raj in New Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the former maharajas in royal Rajasthan, India bustles, shuffles and delights.

The Golden Triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the country, while India's south abounds with beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilica. For the spiritual seeker Tamil Nadu is India's temple heartland, while Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and certainly India's holiest.


Wexas Travel brochure for India

India & Beyond brochure

Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

Broadly speaking, India is defined by three seasons, the hot, the wet and the cool. The coolest and most pleasant time to visit is after the monsoon is over, from October to March. That said, Rajasthan, which stays largely dry in the monsoon (loosely May to September) is worth considering in the off-season as hotels are better value and attractions are quieter. And bear in mind the monsoon moves across the country, breaking in Kerala in May and then moving northeast across the country, so it should be possible to plan your trip to avoid it - or like author Alexander Frater, who wrote the wonderful Chasing The Monsoon, to follow it. There are many regional variations, and weather patterns have become less predictable in recent years.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital Capital - New Delhi

Size - 3, 287, 590 sq km

Language - The official language is Hindi but there are over a dozen other official languages, including Punjabi, Bengali and Urdu. English is the language of business and spoken widely.

Population - 1.22 billion people - and growing fast. It is estimated that there are about 50 births in India in a minute.

Religion - predominantly Hindu (over 80 per cent), although India is also home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. There are also Sikh, Christian and Buddhist minorities.

Currency - Indian Rupee (rs) = 100 paise

Time zone - GMT +5.5 hours

Flight time - Approximately 8 hours 30 minutes to New Delhi.

Festivals

Among the many highlights is Holi, the Festival of Colours, in March. It's great fun, with people throwing coloured powder and water at each other, although it can get rather rowdy. Wear old clothes, and sunglasses to protect the eyes if you want to join in the fun of this spring festival. Be aware that the consumption of bhang (cannabis) laced drink and food is a wide-spread part of proceedings and has certainly added to the reputation of this festival as an intoxicating one.

Diwali, which usually falls between mid-October and mid-November, is celebrated with particular enthusiasm in northern India, with fireworks being lit, together with candles and oil lamps, making this five-day festival a beautifully atmospheric one.

The colourful Camel Fair in Pushkar is also held in October or November, bringing traders, farmers, villagers and livestock together from all over Rajasthan.

Visas

All visitors to India from the UK must obtain a visa prior to arrival. The Indian High Commission out sources its visa process to VFS Global, to whom applications should be made. More information can be found on their respective websites: www.hcilondon.net or http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Note that your passport must be valid for 190 days from the date the visa is issued and have two completely blank pages spare. Additional conditions may apply to non-UK passport holders.

Passport requirements

Passports need to be valid for six months from the date you are due to leave India.

Money

Rupees are divided into 100 paise. Coins are minted in denominations of 50 paise, RS 1, Rs 2, and Rs 5; while notes are printed in denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. It can be difficult to use worn notes, so refuse any damaged notes when you are given them.

It is not possible to purchase Rupees before arriving in India. Try ATMs at the airport if available if you need cash on arrival, or the airport bank, although rates at the latter are not favourable. In cities, the State Bank of India and several others are authorized to deal in foreign exchange and offer better rates of exchange than large hotels, though these do offer a 24-hour service.

ATMs are available all over India, with Cirrus, Maestro as well as Visa and MasterCard generally accepted. Withdrawal fees are often charged, and sometimes fraud prevention measures result in travellers having their cards blocked when unexpected overseas transactions occur, so advise your bank before travelling. Credit cards and Traveller's Cheques by reputable companies are widely accepted. 

Regions [15]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in India, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Himalaya

The Himalaya is the world's greatest mountain range, a 1800-mile mass of white-tipped peaks and valleys that runs from Afghanistan to the border of south-west China. This 'abode of snow' that lies along the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and is enclosed by the Indus and …

India's National Parks

India is rich in natural splendour, blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the likes of which inpsired Rudyard Kipling to create the magical Jungle Book. India has a diverse wildlife base that is the second largest in the world and currently boasts 80 …

Indian Luxury Trains

Travelling on India's luxury trains is an ideal way to explore the country without sacrificing style and comfort. Rattle over the rails on a romantic, glamorous journey, enjoying regal service and arrive at a new destination to explore the following morning.

Indian Palaces

There are a number of spectacular palace hotels and historic places to stay throughout India. Once home to India's royalty, the buildings have been converted into accommodation to preserve their existence, meaning that you can now stay and experience firsthand how …

Kerala

Kerala. The name means ‘Land of Coconuts', but it's perhaps better known as ‘God's Own Country': a landscape of endless palm groves, relaxed rivers, emerald backwaters, dream beaches and exotic cuisine.

Mumbai

Mumbai is India's fulcrum of business, fashion and Bollywood filmmaking, a mega metropolis built around shopping, glitz and glamour.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan was once a land of royalty and today revels in its regal past. Scores of forts and palaces loom from the arid desert sands, along with cities as colourful as their brightly swathed locals, who fill the streets in dazzling fabric outfits.

Tamil Nadu and Chennai

Here, religious ritual is lived and breathed on the streets and along the temple trail it is rare to find a religious building which has outlived its purpose.

The Golden Triangle

The classic golden triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the magic of the country.

Varanasi

Ancient Varanasi is dominated by the stone ghats, which line the sacred River Ganges, drawing pilgrims from across the world who come for their daily ritual ablutions.


Itinerary ideas [92]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in India. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Tigers of Ranthambore

From £2,545 pp incl. flights
History & culture Safari Tailor-made travel

A ten-day tailor-made trip to India's Rajasthan, visiting the iconic sites as well as a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park

The tigers of Ranthambore

From £355 pp
Natural world Safari Wildlife

A three-day safari extension in Ranthambore National Park, a famous tiger reserve

Captivating Kerala

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Beach Food & wine

Kerala, known as God's Own Country, is a beautiful land of rivers, backwaters and beaches on India's palm-fringed southwest coast. Between Kerala's golden …

Experience Wilderness at Jawai Leopard Camp

From £1,495 pp
Natural world Safari Wildlife

A three-day stay at Jawai Leopard Camp, a chic safari camp near Udaipur that specialises in leopard viewing

Vibrant Varanasi

From £595 pp
City History & culture

A three-day holiday in Varanasi, northern India, a religious city and centre of Hindu pilgrimage

Magnificent Shimla

From £645 pp
History & culture Mountains Natural world

A four-day stay in the mountain village of Shimla, state capital of Himachal Pradesh with a colonial heritage

Indian River Cruise on the Brahmaputra River, Assam

From £2,595 pp incl. flights
History & culture River cruise Wildlife

This Indian river cruise on the Brahmaputra River takes you through the beautiful region of Assam, a rich land of rolling hills, plains and dense forests. …

Essence of India with Natasha Kumar

From £3,295 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Small group

Natasha Kumar's work is directly inspired by Rajasthan's delicate architecture, vibrant colours and unique cultural history. Recent exhibitions included a …

City and Sea: Mumbai with Goa Beach

From £1,145 pp
Beach City

This eight-day tailor-made extension introduces you to all of Mumbai's major sights, before giving you the chance to kick-back and relax on the beach in Goa

Tigers of Madhya Pradesh

From £3,245 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Luxury travel Natural world

Experience the wonder of India’s wildlife with Taj Safaris on this ten-day extension to the Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks

Regal Rajasthan

From £3,495 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The state of Rajasthan is India at its most colourful, a region of ornate royal palaces, traffic-choked cities, bustling markets and stunning national parks …

Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

From £2,445 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Honeymoon

Rajasthan is the epitome of romantic India. Towering forts, ornate temples, peaceful lakes and glittering palaces characterise the cities and towns of this …

Hill Stations & Tea Plantations

From £2,595 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

This 12-day tailor-made trip takes you to the beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Himalayas, and to Darjeeling where you'll learn about tea production

Splendours of Southern India

From £2,065 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

This 13-day tailor-made tour introduces you to the flavour and spice of Southern India. Relax and observe whilst the delicate aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, …

The Maharajas Express – Indian Panorama

From £5,995 pp incl. flights
History & culture Luxury travel Natural world

India is a vast country, home to more than a billion people; a country characterised by its diverse cultures, its vibrant colours, its multitude of religions, …

The Essence of Rajasthan

From £2,095 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Wildlife

This tailor-made 11-day tour will show you the essence of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people, to its bustling cities, antiquated villages, and regal …

Beaches and Backwaters of Kerala

From £1,495 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Honeymoon

Kerala, on India's tropical southwest coast is India at its most laid back. A green and verdant strip of land with a perfect climate and smiling, welcoming …

Splendours of Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels

From £2,795 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The royal state of Rajasthan has long been one of India's main attractions, a region that draws together the very best elements of traditional Indian history, …

India’s Golden Triangle

From £1,345 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd …

Andaman Islands Explorer

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Natural world

Welcome to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a stunning archipelago of 572 tropical islands, 1,000 kilometres from the Indian mainland in the heart of the …

The Maharajas Express - India Splendour

From £5,495 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

Travel across India in style on the Maharajas Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Experience service and …

The Maharajas Express - Gems of India

From £3,795 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

The Maharajas Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this palace on wheels is the perfect …

Splendours of North India with Oberoi Hotels

From £2,695 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

North India is alive with colour, history and culture. Around every corner you'll find fascinating temples, towering forts, glittering palaces and bustling …

Royal Rajasthan

From £2,495 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine History & culture

India is a dazzling, sometimes dumbfounding, multidimensional destination of contrasting cultures, cutting edge cities, traditional villages, ancient temples, …

Rajasthan by train with Palace on Wheels

From £4,245 pp incl. flights
History & culture Luxury travel Natural world

Rajasthan's Palace on Wheels luxury train exudes traditiona Indian opulence, style and comfort, modelled on the luxurious railway cars of old with richly …

Treasures of Rajasthan with Taj Hotels

From £2,695 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

When people think of India, its more often than not the guilded palaces, multicoloured cities and extravagant temples of Rajasthan that first spring to mind.

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

From £4,295 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Rail journey

This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state

India tiger safaris

Call for details
Natural world Safari Wildlife

India’s Madya Pradesh region is home to well-known tiger reserves and provides an easily accessible wildlife circuit, combining legendary service with …

Rajasthan & the tigers of Madhya Pradesh

Call for details
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

India's national parks, many former hunting grounds of the maharajas, have plenty to offer the wildlife enthusiast. Spotting tigers is top of most people's …

Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail

From £848 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Savour a local lunch in Kalimpong, ride a toy train in Darjeeling, watch the sunrise on the Ganges, experience the bustle of Delhi.

Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb

From £2,179 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Mountains Natural world

A rarely trodden route through the Indian Himalaya to summit Stok Kangri, a 6000m peak

Rajasthan Cycling

From £1,089 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore the incredible landscape of Rajasthan on two wheels, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, cycle through remote villages, enjoy the rich and …

Essential India

From £829 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, witness the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and …

Indian Odyssey by Rail

From £3,449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony, see a different side of Delhi with a former streetkids-led walking tour, ride the toy trains of Shimla and …

Highlights of Ladakh

From £1,279 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

See Delhi from a new perspective with a former streetkid-led walking tour, learn more about Tibetan culture in Dharamsala, soak in the dramatic mountain …

Incredible India

From £1,299 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, stay with the locals in the Kerala backwaters

Trails of Ladakh

From £1,899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

A cultural trek through remote villages and fertile valleys of the spectacular Indian Himalaya

Kolkata to Goa by Rail

From £1,549 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Ride a toy train in Darjeeling, get spiritual in Varanasi, marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, savour the …

Spice Trails of Kerala

From £1,979 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Walking through the beautiful hills and tea plantations of South India

Land of the Maharajas

From £1,023 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Experience the regal lifestyle by staying in heritage homes and rural palaces, explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets, discover rural Indian …

Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

A classic Northern India trek, from tea hills to Himalayan vistas

Cycle Kerala & Tropical India - Premium

From £1,949 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore South India by bike

North India Highlights

From £709 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Delve into ancient and modern India with a local guide, Walk Delhi's backstreets and support a street kids rehabilitation project, Step back in time at …

Cycling through Rajasthan - Premium

From £2,099 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Discover India's desert state by bike

Kolkata to Kochi by Rail

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Ride a toy train in Darjeeling, get spiritual in Varanasi, marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, explore the …

Cycling through Rajasthan

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Discover India's desert state by bike

India Encompassed

From £1,599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi, stay with the locals in the Kerala …

Little Tibet & the Himalaya

From £2,099 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family

An active adventure to the Indian Himalaya to discover the beauty of Ladakh

Ultimate India by Rail

From £2,899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Ride a toy train in Darjeeling, live like a local in the Kerala Backwaters, indulge in the relaxing vibe and tasty food of seaside Goa, explore the breathtaking …

Taj Tigers & Temples

From £1,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family Wildlife

Discover the highlights of Northern India

Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure

From £729 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Explore the vibrant streets of urban India, sail down the Ganges, get a glimpse of a traditional life in small villages, experience a jeep safari in Chitwan …

Classic South India - Premium

From £2,469 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Traverse southern India in style

India and Nepal Explorer

From £1,919 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Delve into ancient and modern India with a local guide, Walk Delhi's backstreets and support a street kids rehabilitation project, Step back in time at …

South India Explored

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

A fascinating journey through India's tropical south

Discover India–Delhi to Kochi

From £1,149 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Be awed by the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort, capture colourful Rajasthan in your viewfinder, relax on quiet beaches in Goa, connect with the locals in a homestay, …

Delhi to Kathmandu

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Take a classic journey from India's plains to the mountains of Nepal

Best of Southern India

From £799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Relax in peaceful backwaters, spot wildlife in beautiful parks, uncover ancient temples, explore tea and spice plantations, take a rickshaw ride through the …

Colours of Rajasthan

From £1,549 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Experience the best of India's colourful desert state

Ladakh: The Markha Valley

From £1,899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

A classic trek in the Indian Himalaya; fertile valleys, high passes and Ladakhi villages

India Grand Tour

From £2,749 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

The ultimate journey through the most diverse of countries

In Search of the Snow Leopard

From £2,149 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

Chance to see the rare and elusive Snow Leopard amidst the snowcapped Indian Himalaya

Highlights of Northern India - Summer itinerary

From £1,349 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

India's Golden Triangle plus the incredible city of Varanasi

Grand Traverse of the Indian Himalaya

From £2,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

Demanding trek through isolated parts of the Indian Himalaya and Tibetan borderland

Tigers in Focus

From £1,799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Safari Wildlife

A week of wildlife in Bandhavgarh, one of India's top tiger reserves

Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

From £2,469 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Cycle through two distinctively different Indian states

Land of the Tiger

From £2,449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Safari Wildlife

A comprehensive wildlife tour through India's Kipling Country

Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

From £1,949 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore South India by bike

West Coast India & Rajasthan by Rail

From £749 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, indulge in laid back beach time in Goa, travel like a local by train from …

Cycling through Rajasthan - Pushkar

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Discover India's desert state by bike

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Search for tigers in their natural habitats, discover forts and palaces, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal

Manali to Leh Ride

From £2,129 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

The ride of your life - cycle six passes amidst the breathtaking Indian Himalaya!

India Explorer

From £1,599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh …

Taj Tigers & Temples - Summer Itinerary

From £1,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family Wildlife

Discover the highlights of Northern India

Down the Ganges

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Sail along the Ganges River, go whitewater rafting through exciting rapids, experience the spirituality of India during an evening aarti, marvel at the beauty …

Highlights of Northern India in Style - Premium

From £1,899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Unique wildlife, fascinating Indian culture and spectacular Moghul architecture

Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail

From £1,249 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony, see a different side of Delhi with a former streetkids-led walking tour, wander the Rajasthani streets of …

The Tropical South

From £1,549 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Discover the two southern most states of India

India on a Shoestring

From £749 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Drink in a kaleidoscope of colour and culture, experience spiritual Varanasi along the Ganges, marvel at the Taj Majal, wander the streets and markets in …

Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations

From £1,699 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

The Golden Temple, British hill stations and Tibetan culture, a different view of India.

Rajasthan Adventure

From £829 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Explore the colourful cities of Rajasthan, uncover ancient forts, discover a traditional way of life, revel in the stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal, wander the …

Colours of Rajasthan - Puskhar Festival

From £1,549 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Experience the best of India's colourful desert state

Highlights of India

From £1,379 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, explore grand forts and palaces in Rajasthan, learn the true meaning of relaxation aboard a houseboat on …

North India Explored

From £2,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

A comprehensive journey through India's evocative north

Trekking in Ladakh

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey & Thikse, explore the mountain city of Leh, hike on the trails between villages in the Markha Valley, see India's highest …

A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh

From £1,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

A high altitude journey across the Indian Himalaya

Delhi to Kochi by Rail

From £1,299 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, indulge in laid back beach time in Goa, explore the breathtaking ruins of …

Highlights of Northern India

From £1,349 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Unique wildlife, facinating culture and spectacular Moghul architecture

Places to stay [69]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in India. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in India, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Gangte Valley

£££££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge is well designed, and has first-rate views across the verdant Gangtey Valley

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

History & culture Mountains Relaxation

Over 130 years old, The Oberoi Cecil is a hotel with a heritage spanning back to the times of the British Raj, when it was an exclusive hotel known for its …

Amankora Bumthang

£££££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

Amankora Bumthang is beautifully located with views across the Wangdicholing Palace

Le Meridien New Delhi

£££££
History & culture Spa

Le Meridien is located in New Delhi, India. The city is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, colours and tastes, which will stimulate any traveller. Located in …

Amankora Punakha

£££££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

Amankora Punakha is located around a traditional farmhouse, and offers a relaxing mountain retreat

The Leela Palace, Udaipur

£££££
Relaxation Romance Spa

On the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, is the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur. Rooms and suites look out across the tranquil lake …

Amankaro Thimphu

£££££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

The Amankora Thimphu resort is a relaxing retreat with traditional architecture and a great spa

The Oberoi, New Delhi

£££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

The hotel reflects the capital city's spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. Recognised as a pioneer amongst luxury hotels …

Amankora Paro

£££££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

Amankora Paro is located in Balakha village, offering a relaxing retreat with beautiful mountain views

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

£££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

When the serene, blue-green beauty of Kerala’s ‘backwaters’ began to attract Western travellers a decade or so ago, a rash of new resorts sprang up in the …

Taj Tashi Thimphu

£££££
History & culture Relaxation Spa

Taj Tashi in Thimphu has a fantastic spa, and is excellently located near many of Bhutan's top tourist attractions

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

£££££££
City Food & wine History & culture

Perched high above the royal city of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India. Completed in 1943, it is still the residence of the …

Uma by COMO, Paro

£££££
Food & wine Spa Villa

Uma by COMO is an intimate wellbeing-focused resort located in the beautiful Paro Valley, Bhutan

Chhatra Sagar, Rajasthan

£££££
Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation Wildlife

The Chhatra Sagar is a superior camp in Rajput, in the Rajasthan district of India near the town of Nimaj, and ideally situated for a relaxing stopover …

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

£££££££
All-inclusive Family Mountains

Glenburn Tea Estate is a plantation retreat located in Darjeeling, which offers tea-tasting tours, and fantastic Himalayan views

SpiceTree Munnar, Kerala

£££££
Eco-tourism Family Off-The-Beaten-Track

The SpiceTree Munnar is located just 23 km from the plantation town of Munnar in Kerala. It's nestled among the pristine mountain ranges of Kanan Devan and …

The Oberoi, Mumbai

£££££
City History & culture Spa

The Oberoi is located on the exclusive Marine Drive in Mumbai, and has contemporary décor and an excellent spa.

Gateway Hotel, Agra

£££££
City History & culture

Located in the city of Agra in the north-Indian state Uttar Pradesh, the Gateway Hotel features 100 stylish rooms and suites, first-class service and the …

The Serai, Jaisalmer

£££££
History & culture Luxury travel Safari

The Serai Jaisalmer is a luxurious Rajputana-inspired tented camp with an excellent Raison d’Etre spa

SwaSwara, Om Beach, Gokarna, India

Beach Relaxation Spa

Located on a cliff top overlooking Om beach, just three hours from Goa, SwaSwara (derived from the Sanskrit for ‘sound of the self’) is set among 26 acres …

Baghvan, Pench National Park

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Baghvan Lodge is located in the beautiful Pench National Park, and offers first-class accommodation and exciting game drives

Samode Haveli, Jaipur

£££££
City History & culture

Charming and majestic, the Samode Haveli is a 200-year-old mansion tucked away in the heart of the old city surrounded by gardens, courtyards and terraces. The …

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park

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Luxury travel Safari Spa

A luxury tented safari camp, Banjaar Tola offers game drives, a great family programme, and exceptional accommodation

Le Meridien, Kochi

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Luxury travel Natural world Spa

Nestled amongst 25 acres of coconut groves and backwater rivers, Le Méridien Kochi sits at the heart of one of India’s most naturally beautiful cities. …

Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park

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History & culture Jungle Safari

Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge is located in a beautiful nature sanctuary, and has a swimming pool, in-room massage treatments, and yoga amenities

Vivanta by Taj Green Cove, Kovalam

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Beach Relaxation Spa

Set on a beautiful hillside, just a stone's throw from one of Kerala's finest beaches and within touching distance of the backwaters that characterise this …

Pashan Garh, Panna National Park

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History & culture Jungle Off-The-Beaten-Track

Pashan Garh is located in a stunning national park, with first-class spa, cuisine and infinity pool

The Leela, Goa

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Beach Spa

The Leela, Goa resembles a combination of Indian summer palaces and Portuguese-style villas, tastefully furnished with fixtures of marble and granite. Sprawled …

Hyatt Amritsar, Amritsar, Punjab

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City History & culture Spa

Hyatt Amritsar is an elegantly appointed five-star hotel, with a beautiful spa

The Leela, Kovalam

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Beach Relaxation Spa

The Leela Kovalam is set high-up on a cliff, with great views over the pristine beaches below

Clarkes Hotel, Shimla

History & culture Mountains Relaxation

Clarkes Hotel has been a heritage hotel since 1898, and is located in Shimla, which is the capital of the Himachel Pradesh province, with an average altitude of …

The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

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Food & wine History & culture Spa

The Taj Mahal Hotel is located in the heart of New Delhi, at the prestigious address of Number One Mansingh Road. It is in close proximity to the city's …

The Hadoti Palace

City History & culture Romance

The Hadoti Palace Bundi has a rich heritage, and is owned by the royal family of Bandnore. Set in the sleepy township of Bundi, the hotel has colonial …

Devi Garh by Lebua, Udaipur

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History & culture Relaxation

Devi Garh by Ledbua is a heritage hotel, housed within an 18th-century palace in the village of Delwara, near Udaipur. It was the royal residence of the rulers …

Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

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History & culture Relaxation

The Fateh Prakash Palace was constructed during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, between 1884 and 1930, exclusively for royal functions. It has been …

Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Marari Beach

Beach Relaxation Spa

The Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India on the Marari Beach. It's just 20 km from the world …

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

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City History & culture Relaxation

A palace resort ideally located in the High Court area of Jodhpur, one of the city's most popular locales, the hotel is only 1km from the city centre. The hotel …

The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

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City History & culture

The Imperial is an iconic property, in the heart of Delhi, which has a 1930s colonial feel, and is very atmospheric and reminiscent of the days of the Raj. …

Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur

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Natural world Relaxation Spa

Nestled among the undulating Aravali hills in Jaipur lies the Tree of Life Resort & Spa. It's about 40 mins drive from Jaipur, yet near to the Dera Amar …

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

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City Food & wine History & culture

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel's history is intimately interlinked with that of the Taj Mahal Palace. The hotel is Mumbai's first harbour landmark, which …

Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

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City History & culture Relaxation

This recently renovated hotel is set within a palace, owned by the Maharaja of Jaipur. Its central location makes it an ideal option to explore the many …

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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Food & wine History & culture Luxury travel

The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is a Moorish and Moghul fantasy in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. Turbaned bellhops greet guests at the entrance, leading them to a …

RAAS, Jodhpur

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City History & culture Romance

RAAS is the only boutique hotel in Jodhpur, and fuses traditional architecture and materials with contemporary design. The hotel has the best location out of …

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

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City History & culture Luxury travel

Set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with thepink city of Jaipur as its backdrop, the Oberoi Rajvilas is the India of ones imagination – dusted down, …

Jawai Leopard Camp, Nr Ranakpur

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Natural world Wildlife

The Jawai Leopard Camp is a chic safari camp amongst the haunting beauty of the Jawai hills and lake near Udaipur and not far from the renowned temple of …

Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

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Activity adventure Mountains Natural world

A world-class luxury spa situated in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. combining amazing guided hikes on mountain paths and wild elephant viewing in …

Brunton Boatyard, Kochi

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History & culture Relaxation

The Bruton Boatyard is a sea facing hotel located in the old Fort Kochi, and is built in a traditional Keralan style. It's located on a historic stretch of the …

The Claridges, New Delhi

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City History & culture

Graceful architecture, elegant décor, and a seamless blend of old-world charm and contemporary facilities have made The Claridges, New Delhi one of the best …

Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi

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Relaxation

The Old Harbour Hotel is located at the heart of the ancient Fort Cochin, in Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture. The hotel is a 300-year-old …

Wildflower Hall, Shimla

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Luxury travel Mountains Natural world

Situated at 8,250 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former …

Niraamaya Surya Samudra, Kovalam

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Relaxation Romance Spa

This stylish and exclusive boutique hotel is about 15 minutes' drive from Kovalam. Surrounded by lush greenery, and on the Arabian Sea, Surya Samudra …

Vivanta by Taj Malabar, Kochi

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City History & culture

Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Kochi harbour, the Vivanta by Taj Malabar combines old-world elegance with modern day convenience. In …

Purity, Lake Vembanad

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History & culture Relaxation Spa

Situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this colonial-style villa has exceptional lake views and is entirely geared towards lakeside living, dining and …

Spice Village, Periyar

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Luxury travel Natural world Relaxation

Set in the heart of the Cardamom hills of Kerala, Spice Village offers an opportunity to enjoy South India's wildlife and beauty. The hotel lies just outside …

Vismaya, Lake Vembanad

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Relaxation Romance Spa

The Vismaya is an exclusive 400-year-old luxury wooden villa, that's fabulously located just 1 hour south of Cochin on the 'salty side' of the Vembanad lake, in …

Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom

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Food & wine Natural world Relaxation

Coconut Lagoon is situated about 78 km from Cochin, hidden among the palm trees on the eastern shore of lake Vembanad at the mouth of the Kavanar River. The …

The Leela, Mumbai

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City History & culture Spa

The Leela Mumbai is an island of green in the heart of Mumbai's booming business district of Sahar, and is one of the city's key identifying landmarks. It's …

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, Kerala

Once the site of a charming 19th century colonial bungalow, Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom sits amidst a verdant tropical garden on the banks of Vembanad Lake, …

Sher Bagh, Ranthambore

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Off-The-Beaten-Track Wildlife

This Relais & Chateaux property is a lovely safari tented camp, set beautifully by a lake and surrounded by forest. The camp has 12 luxury tents, a dining tent …

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

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Food & wine Natural world Wildlife

Renowned as one of the finest properties in India, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers unparalleled, personalised service and luxury, tented accommodation on the edge …

Khem Villas, Ranthambore

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Eco-tourism Off-The-Beaten-Track Wildlife

Khem Villas is a superior jungle camp, and has been established since 1989 on the same land. It's located on the outskirts of Ranthambore, 13 km from Sawai …

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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City History & culture Luxury travel

The Rambagh Palace is located in the centre of busy Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel maintains the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality, offering guests a taste …

ITC Mughal Agra

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History & culture Spa

The hotel is located over 35 acres of gardens, and is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is also close to a plethora of other neighbouring …

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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City History & culture Honeymoon

When greeted with a shower of rose petals on arrival, you can see why this is one of Indias most famous and romantic hotels. The 250- year-old summer palace is …

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